Despite having been present at BETT 2017 last week, Sony has left the announcement of its new solution for higher education until ISE 2017 in Amsterdam. The new solution dubbed Vision Exchange has been designed to allow students to collaborate with lecturers and presenters, but it’s also being targeted at the corporate market.

Vision Exchange has been specifically designed to bring together students, lecturers and presenters in a dynamic workgroup-based environment for creative discussion and to exchange knowledge.

Sony believes that Vision Exchange will be ideal in universities and colleges of higher education, although the company also notes that corporate clients may also want it.

Using Vision Exchange teams can brainstorm and work collaboratively by wirelessly sharing content from everyone’s laptop or tablet. This sort of workflow isn’t exactly new, and it’s something we see from the likes of Barco with its ClickShare range. Despite having those competitors, Sony believes its solution will offer an alternative.

“There are other collaborative tools out there, reflecting a major shift from passive to active learning that’s become increasingly prevalent over the last decade”, comments Garry Cox, product manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

“But until now this fast-growing market hasn’t been offered a workgroup-focused solution for today’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments with the power, flexibility and intuitive appeal of Vision Exchange.”

Corporate users will be able to gain access to the Vision Exchange and using a simple license option have remote communications with other sites using standards-based video conferencing systems. Participants can share not only content from their own devices, but they’ll also be able to annotate images in real-time.

Today, most meeting rooms are based around a cabled single content source and a single display, plus a dedicated AV system with switchers, video conferencing systems and other hardware. Sony believes that this set-up is frequently a cause of wasted time and frustration, as presenters struggle with awkward wiring instead of focusing on the meeting itself. Vision Exchange, Sony notes, will eliminate these operational headaches, allowing participants to focus on the meeting with improved communication.

The new Vision Exchange active learning solution for higher education and corporate use will be available in Europe from June 2017.  It will be showcased for the first time on the Sony stand (1-N20) at ISE 2017.